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2022

Frail, But Living at Home: Program Helps Elderly Stay Strong

Frail, But Living at Home: Program Helps Elderly Stay StrongTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- It’s never too late to start exercising -- and the right activities might help you stay independent in your home.While building healthy habits at an earlier age can have some long-term benefits, adding physical activity can help at all ages, new research suggests.A new study found that physically frail elderly people and low muscle mass (sarcopenia) were able to reduce their level of "mobility disability" by 22% over three years, using a program that included specific changes to their exercise habits and diets.The formula for success involved adding extra walking, along with strength, flexibility and balance exercises, to their daily routine. It also included increasing their protein intake, according to the paper published May 11 in the...

Most Day Care Programs Don't Give Kids Enough Exercise

18 May 2022
Most Day Care Programs Don`t Give Kids Enough ExerciseWEDNESDAY, May 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of childhood obesity in the United States are soaring, and new research suggests child care programs may be part of the problem.Most tots in these programs aren't getting nearly enough exercise.National guidance for child care programs calls for providing at least two opportunities a day for physical activity, totaling 60 to 90 minutes. While the new study found that 74% of programs did provide enough opportunities for physical activity, only half gave kids the recommended amount of time, and just 43% gave them both enough opportunities and enough time."Kids who are less active have poorer physical fitness and coordination, higher rates of obesity, shorter attention spans, and poorer cognitive development," said study author Lauren...

Major Head Trauma May Up Risks for Dementia

12 May 2022
Major Head Trauma May Up Risks for DementiaTHURSDAY, May 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- People who've had a major traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be at increased risk for dementia, according to a new study."Approximately 1 in 10 people in our study who had major TBI did develop dementia," said study co-author Dr. Rahul Raj, of the University of Helsinki in Finland. A major TBI was defined as bleeding in the brain and a hospital stay of three or more days.The researchers analyzed 20 years of data collected from nearly 32,000 people in Finland who completed health surveys every five years, and compared it with national health registries.Among those in the study, 288 were hospitalized with a major TBI and 406 were hospitalized with a minor TBI (concussion with a hospital stay of no more than one day) and did not have dementia...

Injury More Likely When Teens Focus on One Sport

12 May 2022
Injury More Likely When Teens Focus on One SportTHURSDAY, May 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If your teens play just one sport, new research suggests you might want to encourage them to try others.Researchers report that focusing solely on one sport puts high school athletes at increased risk for injuries and burnout. The investigators surveyed 975 U.S. high school athletes and found that more than 1 in 5 had a high level of specialization in one sport, while more than 42% had a small level of specialization."A number of studies have pointed out that if you specialize in one sport, for example, you only play baseball or you only play football, you're doing the same movements over and over again, so there are a lot of issues with repetitive use injuries," said study author Dee Warmath, an assistant professor in the College of Family...

Some Health Conditions Greatly Raise Drowning Risks

9 May 2022
Some Health Conditions Greatly Raise Drowning RisksMONDAY, May 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- With summer comes warm weather and swimming. But for some people, knowing how to swim may not be enough to ensure their safety.That's because certain medical conditions bump up the risk for drowning in a big way, according to a new Canadian study. About one in three adults and children over age 10 who drowned in Canada between 2007 and 2016 had a chronic health condition, the study found.Those at the top of the list were folks with ischemic heart disease, a common condition, and those with seizure disorders. Women aged 20 to 34 who had seizure disorders had a drowning risk that was 23 times greater than that of the general population, the researchers said. "It is one of the risks that we warn people about, one of the risks that we are very, very...
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